National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is a federal agency that is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness.

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NIOSH was created in 1970 as part of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). The mission of NIOSH is to generate new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice for the betterment of workers. To accomplish this mission, NIOSH conducts scientific research, develops guidance and authoritative recommendations, disseminates information, and responds to requests for workplace health hazard evaluations.